Foucault: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | May 3, 2005

byGary Gutting

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Foucault is one of those rare philosophers who has become a cult figure. Born in 1926 in France, over the course of his life he dabbled in drugs, politics, and the Paris SM scene, all whilst striving to understand the deep concepts of identity, knowledge, and power. From aesthetics to the penal system; from madness and civilisation to avant-garde literature, Foucault was happy to reject old models of thinking and replace them with versions that are still widely debated today. A major influence on Queer Theory and gender studies (he was openly gay and died of anAIDS-related illness in 1984), he also wrote on architecture, history, law, medicine, literature, politics and of course philosophy, and even managed a best-seller in France on a book dedicated to the history of systems of thought. Because of the complexity of his arguments, people trying to come to terms with his work have desperately sought introductory material that makes his theories clear and accessible for the beginner. Ideally suited for the Very Short Introductions series, Gary Gutting presents a comprehensive butnon-systematic treatment of some highlights of Foucault's life and thought. Beginning with a brief biography to set the social and political stage, he then tackles Foucault's thoughts on literature, in particular the avant-garde scene; his philosophical and historical work; his treatment ofknowledge and power in modern society; and his thoughts on sexuality.

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Foucault is one of those rare philosophers who has become a cult figure. Born in 1926 in France, over the course of his life he dabbled in drugs, politics, and the Paris SM scene, all whilst striving to understand the deep concepts of identity, knowledge, and power. From aesthetics to the penal system; from madness and civilisation to ...

Gary Gutting is considered a leading expert on Foucault. Currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, Gutting has published several works on Foucault, including French Philosophy in the Twentieth Century (CUP, 2001); Michel Foucault's Archaeology of Scientific Reason (CUP, 1989); and was the editor of he Cambridg...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.31 inPublished:May 3, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Lives and Works2. Literature3. Politics4. Archaeology5. Genealogy6. The Masked Philosopher7. Madness8. Crime and Punishment9. Modern Sex10. Ancient Sex

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`'A first-rate introduction to the work of this difficult thinker, which navigates the complexity of his thought with confidence and clarity''Professor Todd May, Clemson University, South Carolina